Category Archives: Writing Tips

Writing for Magazines and Websites

Freelance writing includes searching for opportunities, and a main opportunity is writing for magazines and websites. Thankfully we have a guest post today, in interview format, to address some of our most common questions. Thanks go to Rebekah Curtis and Nicole M. King!

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Refuge

I must have flaked out somewhere, because I posted a link prematurely yesterday. In it Katie Schuermann offers great writing advice! I particularly like her line that no one has time to write a book. So true!!! Anyway, I hope you check out that article here.

Today’s post just asks, “How about a Bible study on the cities of refuge?” Yes, refugees are a serious topic and, yes, the church should address it quickly and effectively. Still, I think a Bible study specifically on the cities of refuge could stir up a lot of questions about unintentional crime and sin, just punishments, etc. I think this, too, would be very timely for discussions within the church, and who has studied it on a Sunday morning?

Our modern concept of refuge and refugees is . . . harder to discuss when comparing with our nomadic fathers of the faith, for instance. And, conflating modern connotations with ancient practices makes for tricky language-work sometimes.

What do you think? Want to tackle the Cities of Refuge? Or do you have any great insights into how a Bible study could address modern notions of refuge and refuges?

In the meantime, love and serve your neighbors, whoever and wherever may they be! 🙂

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Looking for Inspiration to Write?

Posts don’t get simpler than this: a link to save when you want tips to get inspired to write.

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Review my Books? Ha!

Yesterday this sickness of mine took my voice, so today I’m going to come clean. I’m going to admit that I can’t get anyone to review my books.

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Plot Stakes?

Saw a cool article via Facebook last night discussing, “What are the stakes?” It basically posits that an audience will only read what matters to them. If the plot stakes are too low, they will either bypass your work altogether or may lose interest along the way. Basically, the story falls flat. But, as writers, we can consider our stakes from the very outset and help use them as a tool to retain focus and readability.

 

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Small Women

I’m finishing up the Divergent series (and, Veronica Roth, if you’re listening, I wish I were your friend!). (No, no hint about her being Lutheran.) I have very much enjoyed it. What strikes me for this post today is using small women as embodiments of power and strength. Maybe it’s a thing.

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Re-Place

Here’s a handy tip for those of us looking to improve our habits: re-place. Enjoy the link below and then I’ll apply it to writing.

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Reading Psalms and Reading Ourselves

I’ll admit it. I make use of secondary sources. So here’s another link to my dad’s blog, this time on his post Reading the Psalms. For our sake, I thought we could apply the Tips for Reading the Psalms to reading and writing in general. Reading Psalms and reading ourselves is obviously different, so I shift content a bit to get to some food for thought as writing tips.

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CS Lewis

Something I admire about CS Lewis was his tender kindness responding to fan letters from children. From such letters we can continue to glean from his pithy wisdom and literary heart. If not from his letters, then perhaps we turn to one of his publications or, let’s face it, some random Internet find full of his quotations. Today I’ll link to a helpful piece detailing 15 Pieces of Writing Advice from CS Lewis, put together by Justin Taylor, executive VP of book publishing and book publisher for CrosswayContinue reading

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Spring Poetry

Spring has come. Why not celebrate with a little spring poetry (whether it’s rainy, sunny, bright or blue!)? Since April is National Poetry Month, maybe the next few days can be a time to plan ahead a little. Think about your favorite poets or consider a foreign—or feigning poet—to read! Or you could think about a way to incorporate poetry into your writing, whether you are into haiku Tuesday or not.

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